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Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris

Mpumalanga, South Africa tel: +27 (0)13 741 2458 | info@lawsons-africa.co.za | www.lawsons-africa.co.za

Africa Wildlife Safaris

Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris opened its doors in 1990, and as such is the original South Africa birding company. Back then there were very few resources available to the birder, such as the where-to-find books, websites and apps available today, and many of the routes, stakeouts and hotspots Lawson’s still use were first pioneered by Peter Lawson over twenty five years ago.

Since those early years, Lawson’s has grown in stature and scope, and even though Peter retired in 2010, the company still retains that family business ethos, with his daughter Mavourneen Pearce as the brains behind the operation, assisted by her business partner Leon Marais, who also leads many of the Africa wildlife safaris tours. They are in turn assisted by a small and able team, comprising Sue Ricketts in reservations, Lyndell Luyt as Mavourneen’s able assistant and handler of the set-departures, Nadine Strydom as fleet manager, and John Davies as their Central and East African specialist and able tour leader.

Lawson’s has also established relationships with a number of capable and trusted freelance guides across the country, whom they use for many of their regional South Africa wildlife safaris.

Africa wildlife safaris and birding tours include set-departures, custom safaris and ground operations for a number of reputable tour operators from the UK, USA, Australia and Asia. Lawson’s pride themselves on superb organisation, attention to detail and excellent guides. All in all they strive to create fun, rewarding and memorable birding, wildlife and photographic safaris – that’s the bottom line.

Eastern South Africa Highlights Part 1: Drakensberg & Zululand

Larks, Lammergeiers and Meerkats
 
A 13 night / 14 day birding and wildlife safari through KwaZulu-Natal visiting

From R44,450 – View Itinerary

Eastern South Africa Highlights Part 2: Escarpment & Kruger

Barbets, Bee-eaters & Big Game
 
A compact 8 night / 9 day birding and wildlife safari through the Eastern

From R31,650 – View Itinerary

Focus on Predators: Kruger and Sabi Sands.

Photographing the Predators
 
An 8 night / 9 day classic safari in the Kruger National park and Sabi Sand Game

From R42,750 – View Itinerary

Western South African Endemics

Western South African Endemics
 
A 11 night / 12 day birding safari in Western South Africa, visiting Augrabies Falls,

From R42,325 – View Itinerary

Western Cape Highlights: Birding the tip of Africa

Penguins & Sugarbirds
 
An 8 night / 9 day birding focused tour taking in the highlights and hotspots of the

From  R26,425 – View Itinerary

Wildlife of the Cape and Kruger

Wildlife of the Cape and Kruger
 
A 10 night / 11 day wildlife journey focused on mammals and general wildlife through

From R42,750 – View Itinerary

Botswana: Water & Wilderness

Botswana: Water & Wilderness
 
A 12 day birding safari through the ‘Three Rivers Region’ of Botswana, Namibia and

From  US$5,700 – View Itinerary

Essential Namibia Wildlife

Essential Namibia Wildlife
 
A 12 night / 13 day wildlife safari through the desert nation of Namibia, visiting

From R57,995 – View Itinerary

Essential Namibia Birding

Essential Namibia Birding
 
A 12 night / 13 day birding safari through the desert nation of Namibia, visiting

From R50,400 – View Itinerary

Wildlife of Eastern South Africa: Kruger to Coast

Hornbills, Hyraxes and Other Wildlife
 
A 13 night / 14 day general wildlife safari through Eastern South Africa visiting

From R45,825 – View Itinerary

Birds & Wild Flowers of the Cape

Birds & Wild Flowers of the Cape
 
A 13 night / 14 day birding and botanical journey through the Cape Floral Kingdom, visiting

From R39,625 – View Itinerary

Cranes, Rollers & Raptors

Cranes, Rollers & Raptors
 
A 13 night / 14 day birding and wildlife safari through the rich and diverse north-eastern part

From R47,550 – View Itinerary

Eastern South African Endemics

Eastern South African Endemics
 
A 15 night / 16 day birding safari in Eastern South Africa visiting Karkloof, Sani Pass,

From R56,250 – View Itinerary

Windhoek to Victoria Falls

Windhoek to Victoria Falls
 
A 18 day epic birding and wildlife safari visiting Windhoek, Namib Grens, Swakopmund,

From R78,975 – View Itinerary

Custom Safaris

Eagles, Elephants and Baobabs
 
Lawson’s are the Custom Safaris specialists, from day trips into the Kruger National Park to

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Drakensberg Rockjumpers

African Birding
 
Chaetops frenatus and Chaetops aurantius – the only two Rockjumper species in the

Sugarbirds

South Africa Sugarbirds
 
Promerops cafer and Promerops gurneyi – once again, there are only two

Ground Woodpecker

Ground Woodpecker
 
‘Geocolaptes’ – the ‘Earth Flicker’. This unique Woodpecker has evolved to

Dune Lark

Dune Lark
 
Namibia’s only true endemic, the Dune Lark Calendulauda erythrochalmys is found in the

Rudd’s Lark

Bird Watching Rudd’s Lark
 
Southern Africa is well-endowed with Lark species, and Rudd’s Lark (Heteromirafra

Blue Crane

Wildlife - Blue Cranes
 
South Africa’s national bird and one of the most beautiful of all Crane species, the near-

Green Barbet

Green Barbet
 
Perhaps warranting separate species status, the woodwardi subspecies of the Green Barbet

Narina Trogon

Narina Trogon
 
Although widespread across the African continent, the Narina Trogon is always

Orange-breasted Sunbird

Orange-breasted Sunbird
 
Another fynbos endemic, this little jewel (Anthobaphes violacea) is reasonably

African Penguin

Penguins and Sugarbird
 
An endemic Penguin, this species (Sheniscus demersus) occurs only along the coasts of

Other Wildlife

Where does one start in terms of ‘other wildlife’ in Africa?

South Africa alone has a vast treasure trove of wildlife and natural history to be seen and experienced. Encounters with big game species such as Elephant, Lion, Leopard, African Buffalo and Rhinoceros are always a highlight, and, on a safari, the moments between sightings of these species are usually filled with a plethora of birds, other mammals, reptiles, trees, plant and all the ‘little’ things that make the ecosystem tick over. Big critters notwithstanding, South Africa is rated as one of the top three most biologically diverse countries on the planet, so there’s virtually no limit to the natural history one can see and experience in South Africa. Add in the other countries in the sub-region, and you have a lifetime’s worth of wildlife-based experiences on offer.

South African custom safaris

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    Adelaide May Safari

    Amazing. Would love to do it all over again
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    Lawsons Safaris are excellent

    I have been with Lawsons on four occasions {2010, 2014,2016 2017} and each time the experi…. Show More
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    Ten out of ten to Lawsons

    Excellent experiences – great guides, great sightings of all creatures large and small, sc…. Show More
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    Johannesburg to Kruger Wildlife Tour

    We were escorted on a private tour by Leon at Lawsons from Johannesburg through to Kruger,…. Show More
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    Lawson’s. Without peer

    Have travelled with Lawson’s many times and regard them as friends. While they are bird…. Show More
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    Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris

    We used Lawson’s for a custom guided tour and were extremely happy with our safari. We wer…. Show More
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    Lawsome!

    We’ve known Lawson’s since 2003 and have travelled on two private safaris with them to…. Show More
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    Lawson’s Tours are first class

    We have travelled with Lawson’s on four separate occasions and hopefully intend to travel …. Show More
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    Great Birding!

    Superb! Great birds! Two trips so far and want to do more.
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    Wonderful!

    Awesome! Fantastic experiences in Kruger on one trip and Kwa Zulu Natel on second trip. …. Show More
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    Lawson’s Tour was everything I had hoped for.

    The custom tour arranged by Lawson’s was wonderful. We toured multiple wildlife parks bet…. Show More
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    Northern Kruger Trip

    My wife and myself have just been on a custom tour of the northern Kruger Park with Lawson…. Show More
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    Wonderful tour company!

    We very much enjoyed our week exploring the South Cape region, Western Seashore Park, and …. Show More
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    Wildlife of the Cape & Kruger

    This was a Lawson’s set departure and it was my first time to visit Africa. The standard o…. Show More
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    Great tour! Hope to travel with Lawson’s again!

    Recently completed the set departure Birds and Wildflowers of the Western Cape tour and it…. Show More
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    Western Cape. Birds and Wildflowers

    We were pleased from the first contact with Lawson’s staff. Lyndell was our contact person…. Show More
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    Lawson’s Birding Wildlife and Custom Safaris

    What we love about Lawson’s in coming from Adelaide Sth Australia is their organisation, a…. Show More

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